The National Status and Trends Program: Development and Future Directions

by A. Robertson, NOAA/NOS Office of Ocean resources, Conservation and Assessment, Silver Spring, United States,
T. P. O'Connor, NOAA/NOS Office of Ocean resources, Conservation and Assessment, Silver Spring, United States,
D. Wolfe, NOAA/NOS Office of Ocean resources, Conservation and Assessment, Silver Spring, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93

Abstract: NOAA's National Status and Trends Program was initiated in 1983 to provide information on environmental quality related to levels and effects of toxic contaminants in U.S. coastal and estuarine waters. At its inception this program was focused primarily on measuring toxic contaminant levels in fish and bivalves and in sediments. The program has evolved to place a stronger emphasis on obtaining a national scale assessment of the magnitude and extent of effects related to toxic contaminants and is continuing to gather data for assessing national and regional trends in contaminant levels.

Subject Headings: Pollutants | Toxicity | Water quality | Sea water | Estuaries | Fish management | Water pollution | Federal government

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